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1959 MERCURY PARK LANE CONVERTIBLE redo

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Model from an AMT 1959 MERCURY PARK LANE CONVERTIBLE 3-in-1 CUSTOMIZING KIT


BEFORE PURPLE POWER

A 1959 Mercury Park Lane Convertible (AMT 3-in-1 kit model) that was found after 50+ years in the attic in extremely rough shape.  The 3-spoke spinner hubcaps are classics, so they might be used on a better quality model than this wreck. A soldering iron had been used to melt gouges and smear chunks of plastic onto the body. Then "decorated" as a race car, "Bill's Esso" on trunk lid and "Powerhouse" on the side. Yikes.

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AFTER A BATH in PURPLE POWER  

 The red make-shift "grille" of melted sprue became dislodged after removal from the bath and the stock grille now fits nicely in the front cavity. (The missing  windshield post was found in the dissolved paint debris.)

The black areas are melted black plastic that was used as a filler by the previous "builder" from whom I inherited the glue-bomb.

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COMPLETED PARK LANE CONVERTIBLE

 After much filling and sanding, the model was painted in a gray primer to expose othewise undetectable flaws which needed to be filled and sanded again. One coat of flat black was applied to the chassis and body.  New windshield glass may be from a Buick as the original glass was beyond a decent repair.


Thanks for looking...

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Wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it.  nice job.  I like the shot straight down into the interior.

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Wow! Hard to believe it's the same car.

Are you the one who did the original "custom" job on it?

David G.

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The before pictures look more like a Destruction Derby car than a race car. Great save here. the hub caps were one of the standard parts in these early AMT 3 in 1's. 

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12 hours ago, David G. said:

 

Are you the one who did the original "custom" job on it?

David G.

I had no part to play in the original "custom" job.

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